By Veronica LeMaster
If you’ve traveled through downtown Meridian, chances are you passed a unique white drive through with the word “coffee” spelled out on the front. If it’s not the distinctive wings that catch your eye, it’s most likely their logo, which is a drawing of the Sawtooth Mountains with “Mt. Timber Coffee” below.
The quirky coffee shop offers dual drive through windows for those in a rush along with a cozy lobby that invites people to stay for a while. While the building has been there since the 60’s, you might be surprised to know that Mountain Timber Coffee has been around for less than two years, April 19 being the second anniversary since it opened.
New Year’s day is the anniversary of Stacia Taplin and her husband Matt Taplin buying the dual drive through building that was home to several different businesses in the past, including a Mexican restaurant, a burger joint, and the latest- Big Star Coffee, who occupied the residence for six years. A short four months later after purchasing, it became Mountain Timber Coffee.
The coffee might taste familiar if you hang around the North End in Boise often. The Taplin‘s, who have been in the coffee world for 16 years, own Mocha Moose Coffee located off of Bogus Basin Road. Both coffee shops roast the same local beans sourced from Dawson Taylor for their espresso and Doma Coffee Roasting Co. from Post Falls for drip coffees and cold brew, while following the same recipes for that perfect cup-of-joe. The only difference is their names, since Mocha Moose Coffee sits at the base of the hill and fits venturing up the mountain while Mountain Timber Coffee follows the mountain theme while suiting it’s location in downtown Meridian.
Originally from Idaho, Stacia found the location to be perfect for the coffee shop. “This area is very dear to me, so it’s really fun to be in the heart of Meridian,” she said.
If you’ve never been to Mountain Timber Coffee, Stacia recommends you try their mochas, which includes homemade chocolate milk from Ghirardelli chocolate and Monin vanilla syrup. Not a chocolate fan? Try the Mad Fire Breve, a signature drink made from cinnamon shots (cinnamon in the espresso), with vanilla breve. For the winter, you can also find specialty drinks including their Frosted Mint Mocha, Real Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, and White Peppermint Hot Cocoa; all delicious enough to get you through the winter blues.
Whether you’re a new customer, or a regular, a day that you don’t want to miss is April 19, Mountain Timber Coffee’s second birthday! The whole day will be a celebration with a discount on drinks, fun decorations, and more.
Although the shop is new, it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, as the Taplin’s hope to renovate the building and expand the food products they carry in the future.
“We’re so excited to be in this community,” she said. “I’ve wanted to be over here for a really long time, but there was never a space, and so when this one came up it was perfect. So, I’m really excited to be here, and it’s been really fun to see what we can do. Coffee is so much more than coffee, it’s this whole family thing, and getting to know our community and being a part of it.”